Hurricane Dorian pounds Bahamas, menaces US southeast coast

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HurricaneDorian pounds Bahamas, menaces US southeast coast

TITUSVILLE, Florida - Hurricane Dorian battered the Bahamas on Monday , peeling off roofs and snapping power lines as rising floodwaters threatened to engulf houses, and was expected to edge closer to the US coast, where more than a million people were ordered evacuated.

There were no immediate estimates of casualties as Dorian, a life-threatening Category 5 storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson Wind Scale, covered the north-western islands of Great Abaco and Grand Bahama with twisted metal and splintered wood. The Bahamas Press reported on Twitter that a 7-year-old boy had drowned in the northern Bahamas, becoming the first recorded fatality of Dorian.

As of 8am EDT , Dorian was stalled over the Grand Bahama Island barely drifting westward at 1.6 kmh, according to the NHC, which said a prolonged period of"catastrophic winds and storm surge" would affect the island today. "This looks like it could be larger than all of them," Trump said during a briefing with the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Sunday.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp ordered evacuations in six coastal counties, including all of Savannah's 150,000 residents, also effective at noon on Monday, Kemp's office said on Twitter.

 

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